ISLAMABAD : United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO), in collaboration with Islamabad Chamber of Commerce and Industry (ICCI), organised an event on Thursday, titled ‘Celebrating Success’ in connection with the remarkable success of the Global Clean Tech Innovation Programme for SME s and Startups (GCIP).

Clean Tech is a global competition, aimed at promoting innovations in the area of clean technologies. This competition is simultaneously held in six countries: Armenia, India, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey South Africa. The main aim of this competition is to promote innovations in renewable energy, energy efficiency, water efficiency and waste to energy in SMEs and Startup companies.

The programme involves extensive mentoring, training, and giving opportunities to the investors to showcase their innovations. Clean Tech is basically a business accelerator programme, aimed at converting Clean Tech ideas into viable businesses Five winners emerged at the end of the programme, who were awarded prize money ranging from $15,000 to $20,000, and the opportunity to participate in the Clean Tech Open Global Forum held in Silicon Valley, USA.

The visit was of prime significance for the participants in terms of increasing their exposure and also attracting investment for their startups from international investors.

One of the national runner-up teams, Tawanai, which has developed two solutions, namely an agricultural dry bio-waste gasifier and a solar thermal concentrator for cooking and heating with zero carbon footprint, was additionally recognised as the best 2015 GCIP Runner-up in the Waste-to-Energy category at the global level.

Speaking on the occasion, Ministry of Climate Change Secretary stressed the importance of technology, particular clean technology, in this highly globalised world and the efforts made by the government for the promotion and advancement of technology and industrialization in Pakistan.

The secretary especially highlighted the role of UNIDO and its partners in arranging the competition, which is promoting entrepreneurship, and mitigating the country’s energy shortage problem.

ICCI President Atif Ikram Sheikh listed the initiatives the Chamber took, in collaboration with UNIDO, to support SMEs and entrepreneurship, with a particular focus on youth and females.

He was optimistic that such initiatives would promote clean technologies in SMEs and enable them to compete more effectively in the market.

The UNIDO Representative to Pakistan, Mr. Esam Alqararah shared UNIDO’s vision on energy and environment and the efforts UNIDO is making to promote innovation in clean technologies in Pakistan.